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but it puts a little bounce in your step. >> for folks watching us who have not read the book yet, and have learned a fair amount of bout about the book here, what is to entice them to read this book? >> i think it is a great human story. so if you just want to read a biography of a fascinating human being, it's a great human story. if you want to -- if you like to study the civil war but you are eager to learn something really that you didn't know, i can assure you this is a great place to go because there are very few people who know much about joseph holt. of now more than before and i think he's a very important figure to no one i think it will open up all kinds of areas of study. just knowing more about him. so i think it's a great story. i think he's a very compelling figure and for a a civil war enthusiast why not learn something new? >> elizabeth thank you very much for spending time with us. >> thank you. >> syndicated columnist molly ivins -- in 1998 she sat down for an interview on booknotes to discuss her book, you got to dance with them that brung you" politics in the clinton y
with us here on booktv at the national book festival in. >> next, in 1995, professor irvine tran-nines discuss his book "neo-conservatism: the autobiogrpahy of an idea." selected essays of 1949 to 1995 with brian lamb. he talked at length about the development of his personal philosophy, which began with marxism in the 1940s. .. c-span: what does it mean? >> guest: what it means is that--it refers to a constellation of opinions and views that is not traditionally conservative but is conservative and is certainly not liberal. and since i and others who have been called neo-conservatives move from being liberals to being a kind of conservative, then neo-conservatism seemed like a pretty good term. c-span: i did some calculations on the 41 different essays you have in the book as to what year they were written. i don't know if you've done this. >> guest: no. c-span: forty-one pieces, and they were written from the 1940s to the 1990s. the most were written in the '70s--18 of the 41. why would you guess that the ones you chose for this book were written in the '70s? >> guest: i think
a difference in the outcome. that is still the kind of story that most of us enjoy the most. and so, when i'm reading for fun, i like to read trollope with gaskell as well as the note -- well-known jane austen and mostly collins i like. the american writer i like very much from that period or little later is wharton, great favorite of mine and i'd like her because she is a real storyteller. she is always fiercely intelligent. her analysis of the characters always amazes you and yet that isn't all. she doesn't just do that and say be happy with that. she tells the full story. >> before he turned his back over, i want to ask a personal favor of you and ask you to sign this book. [laughter] [applause] >> by the way you will have a chance to do the same. >> while they are signing i just want to introduce myself, dale gregory vice president for public programs and how thrilling it is to have you all here and these two charming gentleman. i am sure you will agree and i just want to remind you the book is on sale and the books are on sale in our museum store, and the book signing will be out back,
. the author use letters, interviews and news reports to compile data for the book. it's about an hour. c-span: gina kolata, author of "flu: the story of the great influenza pandemic of 1918 and the search for the virus that caused it." other than being one of the longest titles we've had, why'd you write this? >> guest: i got in--i never really thought much about the flu. it just seemed like something that came around every year, and people would just get sick and then they'd get better again. and i'd never really been interested in it at all. but then a few years ago--i'm--i'm a reporter for the new york times, and i wrote an article for the times about a really miraculous discovery. there is a guy at walter reed army medical center and he was reporting in a--in a technical journal called science magazine that he had somehow managed to get some lung tissue from a soldier who had died in 1918. and in that lung tissue, there was still fragments of the virus that had killed him. and when i interviewed this man, dr. taubenberger, about his work, he told me about the influenza pandemic of 19
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